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ICYMI: One Week Ago, NH Dems Made Sweeping Gains in 2018 Midterms


Concord, N.H. - Last Tuesday, New Hampshire Democrats made history, electing a Democratic-controlled Executive Council, State Senate, and State House to work alongside the Republican Governor. The Executive Council majority came from the election of Mike Cryans and Debora Pignatelli, who flipped two red seats blue, and the re-election of Councilor Andru Volinsky. In the State Senate, Democrats flipped five seats blue to gain a 14-10 majority. After a record breaking 388 Democratic candidates ran for State House seats, Democrats won 234 seats to claim a majority. These State House victories included the unseating of sitting Speaker of the House Gene Chandler and the election of an entirely Democratic Nashua delegation. New Hampshire Democrats also played a pivotal role in retaking control of the US House of Representatives with the historic elections of Chris Pappas in the 1st Congressional District and the re-election of Congresswoman Annie Kuster in the 2nd Congressional District. Pappas will be the first openly gay federal representative in New Hampshire’s history while Kuster will be the first Democrat to represent the 2nd District for four terms. “New Hampshire voters sent a clear message on Election Day when they brought Democratic control back to the Executive Council, State Senate, and State House, and helped take back the US House of Representatives,” said NHDP Chair Ray Buckley. “This historic election was as much a celebration of the Democratic agenda as it was a rebuke of the corrupt and corporate-sponsored policies that Sununu and the New Hampshire Republican Party worked to implement during their two years in power. Voters know they can count on Democrats to represent the interests of all Granite Staters and fight to make New Hampshire a place where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.” To achieve these electoral successes, the New Hampshire Democratic Party created an unprecedented field operation that mobilized and turned out voters across the state. The New Hampshire Democratic Coordinated Campaign’s 67 Field Staff built an organization with 2,832 active in-state volunteers and 79 on-campus fellows. Throughout the months long campaign, this grassroots organization knocked on 397,969 doors, made 968,523 calls, sent 230,309 texts, and collected 8,641 Commit to Vote cards. “The most effective way to turn out Democratic voters is having neighbors talk to neighbors,” continued Chairman Ray Buckley, “which is why we invested the time and energy into building an unprecedented field operation. We are so proud of the organization our Organizers and volunteers created and know that their hard work and dedication is the reason we were so successful on Election Day.”

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